Friday, December 24, 2010

Bob Hope in Bermuda

It's Christmas Eve, so I'm reaching into the way-back machine and grabbing a Bermuda Shorts classic. Remember this one? Bob Hope and Dixie Carter singing Silver Bells on Front Street? If you haven't seen it yet then get ready for a Bermudaful holiday treat. The legendary actor, comedian and vaudevillian came to Bermuda in 1990 with friends Dixie Carter, Loni Anderson and Joan Van Ark to shoot a one-hour Christmas special. What resulted was an entertaining and somewhat comical program with Bermuda very much in the holiday spotlight. Go ahead, click the video—just make sure to stay tuned until the 44 second and 1:47 mark when "it's Christmastime in the city," magically becomes "it's Christmastime in Bermuda." And for those of you who want more, don't miss this video where Bob and friends reenact the fateful arrival of Sir George Somers to Bermuda's shores in 1609. It's classic Hope, filled with one-liners, double entendre and clever word play, Like this:

Sir George Somers (Bob Hope): Is there anyone around here besides you?

Princess Lydia (Loni Anderson): Well, just an Indian Tribe. They're called the Hellawi Tribe.

Stranded Settler (Joan Van Ark): How do they know where we are?

Princess Lydia (Loni Anderson): They don't even know where they are. They just run around and say, 'Where the Hellawi?'

You can thank me later.


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